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Coronavirus crisis: Panic-buyers target gym gear with fitness equipment selling out in Kmart

Coronavirus crisis: Panic-buyers target gym gear with fitness equipment selling out in Kmart

Exercise equipment has joined the likes of toilet paper, hand sanitiser, pasta and rice as the latest must-have items West Australians are stocking up on amid the COVID-19 crisis.

As West Australians prepare to go into self-isolation, they appear keen to remain fit, and home work-out gear has been all-but cleared off store shelves.

Kmart in Morley had sold out of most of its fitness equipment this week, with only a few hand dumbells remaining among a whole aisle of fitness gear.

From weights to netball nets, the home-gym section of the store was yesterday almost completely bare.

It comes as the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Australian borders would close to international travellers entering the country tomorrow night, prompting fears a mandatory lockdown of gyms, pools and recreation facilities could be next.

The West Australia’s exclusive poll on the virus, by Painted Dog Research found that, while 66 per cent of West Australians supported the PM’s ban on gatherings of more than 500 people, they still want to be able to visit their local gym.

There was less support for other social distancing measures imposed overseas, with only 34 per cent supporting closing gyms to prevent the spread of coronavirus.